Having no breath

Getting ready for the evening
choking and wheezing
unable to go to bed
unable to slip into subconscious
due to this constricting grip he can’t shed

Thoughts of suffocation
no doctor and no medication
unlike last time, drove to the hospital
almost passed out on his bicycle
Thank God for Albuterol
Vital to asthmatic individuals

It’s time to change our old rituals
In Persian it is ‘Nafas’
Turkish it is ‘Nefes’
In Sufism it is ‘Freedom’
the self soul breathed into a body

Looking at life’s entirety half blind
always made different things shine
but w/out oxygen the brain can’t maintain or assign
longevity has its place
but I’ve been to the mountain top and climbed
just to find my breath escaped


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